This year for our Mother’s Day gifts guide we decided to focus on gifts from companies you can feel good about patronizing. All the gifts and companies on this list are either from a mom-owned small business and/or businesses that give back to organizations or the community with every purchase.
Lisa Leonard started her business so that she could quit her job and stay home with her boys. Every piece is customizable and handmade with love. This Crossbar Birthstone Necklace is the perfect gift for a new—or a seasoned—mama.
May Designs is owned by Mica May, a mother of three. On a whim, she began designing notebooks for herself with patterns + insides she wanted. Clients and friends wanted them too, so she threw some patterns up online, and May Books was born nearly overnight. I love their notebooks. They are stylish and lovely—and you can even monogram them. These are perfect for a mama working inside or outside of the home.
Milk & Honey Tees is a family-owned and home based business that designs and sells stylish high-quality tee shirts. $2 from every sale goes to an organization helping people in need. I’m loving the “No coffee, no workee” and their “Be Still” shirts.
Love 41 has made an immense impact in the lives of orphans, widows, and street kids in Africa—and beyond. Their company exists with the sole purpose of helping others who are in need. They dedicate 100% of the profits from every bag to helping others through educating, job training, and feeding the poor. This Triple Pocket Crossbody bag is perfect for a date or girls night out. Check out their totes for bags with more space.
At Liz Alig, they believe the clothes we choose to wear impact the world around us. They support fair trade workshops and co-ops that give back to communities and workers with education, freedom, and dignity. This Misha Maxi Dress is super cute, on sale, and—like every garment they sell—you can read about the production process for each piece.
Warby Parker makes affordable glasses with a deeper meaning behind them. They believe that everyone has the right to see. Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses—which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. So if you buy a pair of these cute Striped Sassafras Sunglasses, someone in need gets a pair of glasses. It’s a win-win.
Roma is a boot company that makes beautiful, colorful and stylish rain boots. For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a brand new pair is donated to a child living in poverty. These Emma boots in Blush? So cute!!